Today is the 62nd day of 2015 and the 73rd day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1845, Florida was admitted as the 27th U.S. state.
In 1931, President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional resolution adopting "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the U.S. national anthem.
In 1991, an amateur videographer captured the beating and arrest of construction worker Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers after a high-speed car chase.
In 2005, American millionaire Steve Fossett made the first solo, nonstop, unrefueled flight around the world in a fixed-wing aircraft.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), inventor; Jean Harlow (1911-1937), actress; James Doohan (1920-2005), actor; James Merrill (1926-1995), poet; Perry Ellis (1940-1986), fashion designer; Ira Glass (1959- ), radio personality; Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1962- ), athlete; Julie Bowen (1970- ), actress; Jessica Biel (1982- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: "The Star-Spangled Banner" is set to the tune of "To Anacreon in Heaven," a piece originally composed around 1775 as the official song of the Anacreontic Society, an English musicians' club.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1974, heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman successfully defended his title with a second-round knockout of Ken Norton, improving his overall record to 40-0 with 37 knockouts.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "There cannot be mental atrophy in any person who continues to observe, to remember what he observes and to seek answers for his unceasing hows and whys about things." -- Alexander Graham Bell
TODAY'S NUMBER: 2.82 -- gallons of wine per capita Americans consume annually.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Feb. 25) and full moon (March 5).